14. Rogue Squadron vs. Riders of Rohan
Who were Rogue Squadron? The elite pilots of the Rebel Alliance
Who were the Riders of Rohan? The elite cavalry of the army of Rohan
Verdict: This is going to be a battle of screen time more than anything else.
Rogue Squadron’s name gets dropped a couple times in the Star Wars movies, but we really don’t get to see a whole lot of them in action on their own. There’s an upcoming one-off movie about them being produced, but in the original trilogy they kind of get undersold. Still, they are there, protecting the Rebel base on Hoth most notably.
The Riders of Rohan get more minutes to prove their worth. They’re the crucial turning point in the Battle of Helm’s Deep – descending on Saruman’s orc army just as the battle seemed lost – and later participate in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
Both battles, it should be noted, were victories for the good guys. Rogue Squadron managed to lose the only battle we see them in. They might not have the fancy space fighters or snow speeders that Rogue Squadron has, but the Riders of Rohan are much more effective in the chances they’re given.
Lord of the Rings wins
Next: 13. Battle of Hoth vs. Battle of Helm's Deep